Anderson Extends Lead After Round 2 of Maine Am
FALMOUTH – It’s always difficult to follow up a low round of golf, but Cole Anderson (Samoset Resort) was able to put together another solid score in today’s second round of the 100th Maine Amateur Championship at Portland CC. After an opening round 65, the overnight leader played steady on day two and posted 69 to extend his lead to six strokes entering tomorrow’s final round.
Anderson’s score of 134 (-6) leads a trio of golfers who sit at even par after two rounds. Jason Gall, who plays out of the host club at Portland CC, shot 68 to move up the leaderboard. His round was highlighted by a hole-in-one on the 4th hole today. He paired the ace with three other birdies en route to his two under round.
Gall and Anderson will be joined in the final pairing tomorrow by Reese McFarlane (Purpoodock Club), after McFarlane posted a score of 69 today to get back to even par for the championship.
McFarlane is no stranger to success at Portland CC, having won the New England Amateur Championship at this very venue last summer. The long-hitting southpaw was coincidentally at 134 through two rounds at that event last year, the same number Anderson sits on through two days.
Also at even par is perennial contender Joe Alvarez (Webhannet GC) who followed his opening 68 with a 72 to sit in the group with Gall and McFarlane in second place. Drew Powell (Penobscot Valley CC) sits in solo fifth after rounds of 73-69—142.
When the dust settled and all 132 of the competitors in this historic 100th Maine Amateur finished, the field was cut to the top 40 players and ties. The cut fell at 153 (+13), with 41 players advancing to the final round. With making the cut, these players are all exempt into next year’s championship at Biddeford-Saco CC.
As an extra incentive to go low tomorrow for the rest of the field making the cut, the top 16 players and ties will advance to the Maine Match Play Invitational to be played at Point Sebago GC on August 27-29.
After two days of play at the classic Donald Ross designed course, Portland CC has held its own against the state’s best amateur players. Tomorrow should be no different, and it will mark the fourteenth time that a state amateur champion has been named at the club in this event’s historic first 100 years.
Play will commence tomorrow morning at 7:30 am, with the final pairing slated to tee off at 9:53 am.